Graffiti Pizza originally opened in summer 2018 and quickly asserted itself as a favorite on Pensacola’s restaurant scene. Inspired by Pensacola’s own iconic Graffiti Bridge, co-owners Matt LaFon and Scott Zepp thought up a similarly sprayed-on aesthetic in tribute; an idea that evolved to become what Graffiti Pizza is today. Effectively serving as both a pizza restaurant and a local art store, Graffiti showcases rotating works by local artists, all available for sale to guests, with 100% of the profits from these sales going to artists.
These days, Graffiti Pizza has become a popular gathering spot for locals, date nights, families, and visitors alike. Boasting the only full outdoor bar and patio in downtown Pensacola, it’s a one of a kind experience all around. Whether you’re grabbing a quick slice or two or settling in to enjoy a few large pies as a group, Graffiti’s pizza is always customizable, with a range of toppings to please even the pickiest pizza eater. Alongside the main event, Graffiti also offers a handful of classic Italian sandwiches, salads and appetizers, as well as a rotating list of draft beer and wine.
The pizza here is served thin and New York Style, and made-to-order from Graffiti’s homemade dough, and is priced similarly to other comparable spots in the region. With plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, Graffiti is just as suited for grabbing a barstool and a spontaneous slice and it is for lingering longer with a tasty meal and a cold local brew on the patio. Walking into the restaurant, diners are treated to a vibrant expanse of graffiti-style canvas covering one wall, with the opposite side saved for local artwork available for sale. Exposed white brick and high metal stools add to a downtown, industrial vibe while the unmistakable aroma of piping hot pies coupled with friendly, attentive service keeps the atmosphere warm and inviting. Just make sure to bring your appetite; Graffiti’s signature, single slices clock in at 20 inches!
On a recent visit, we opted to sit outside to enjoy a warm Pensacola evening while sampling some of Graffiti Pizza’s house pies.
During our meal, we enjoyed the following dishes:
Just trust us on this one. Made even more irresistible with the addition of parmesan cheese, Graffiti excels at this comfort food classic.
The house-made meatballs are on point on their own, but a perfectly toasty Gambino roll and just the right balance of cheeses and herbs elevate this to a menu standout.
This classic is a top seller at Graffiti Pizza, and it’s easy to see why. A well-done ratio of fresh mozzarella cheese to red sauce, and that elusive mixture of crunch and chew that really takes a pizza up a notch.
The highlight of our meal: tangy with BBQ sauce and bright with jalapenos and red onions, this filling pie gets dressed up with grated pecorino romano that makes for a balanced and satisfying slice
Graffiti Pizza makes great pies and has also taken care that each item on their small menu is made with exceptional flavor and care. There’s no wrong way to eat at Graffiti Pizza, but here’s what we recommend: order a drink (or two), fill up a patio table with some friends, and enjoy vibrant art and custom-made pizza in a laid-back, unique setting. Cheers!
Graffiti Pizza regularly offers great slice + pint of beer happy hour deals, but be sure to check their Instagram page for additional specials like “Free Lunch Friday” giveaways and discounts for certain groups, like a recent month-long discount, offered to schoolteachers.